Orthographic variation as evidence for the development of the Linear B writing system
Written Language and Literacy
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Judson, A. P. (2019). Orthographic variation as evidence for the development of the Linear B writing system. Written Language and Literacy https://doi.org/10.1075/wll.00025.jud
This paper investigates the issue of orthographic variation in the Linear B writing system in order to explore ways in which studying a writing system’s orthographic conventions may shed light on the history of its development. Linear B was used in the palatial/administrative centres of Late Bronze Age Greece and Crete (c.1400-1200 B.C.E.) and records an early Greek dialect known as ‘Mycenaean’. The writing system’s structure and orthographic conventions permit flexibility in the spelling of particular phonological sequences: this paper discusses the varying orthographic representation of such sequences and shows that synchronic variation is common or even the norm in many cases. Investigating the factors which underlie this variation demonstrates the potential for a study of synchronic variation to illuminate a writing system’s diachronic development; it also underlines the importance of analysing the ways in which writers actually choose to use writing systems in order to fully understand their development. This article is under copyright and the publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (grant number AH/J500094/1) British Federation of Women Graduates’ J. Barbara Northend Scholarship (2015-2016) Cambridge Faculty of Classics’ Graduate Studies Fund.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1075/wll.00025.jud
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/289034